Author: Delilah S. Dawson

What’s better than cookies? Cookies that look just the way you want them.

I just cooked to say I Love You. And Superstar, and Happy Birthday, and pretty much any message up to 17 letters that can be stamped into a cookie. Thanks to this genius customizable Cookie Stamper, you can customize any message with letters, numbers, hearts, stars–even plenty of exclamation points!!!   Each kit comes with a wooden stamper, a silicone base that resists heat, and an entire sunny alphabet of non-stick letters, numbers, icons, and punctuation. Whether you’re making cookies for a new mom, planning racy treats for your anniversary, looking for creative DIY teacher gifts for the holidays, or just want a...

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The fun 3D shelf that’s coming right at you

No matter how cool technology gets, there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned 3D movie in which a shark tries to bite off your head. If I remember correctly, my first 3D movie was JAWS, which actually explains a lot. For my kids, it was Brave. And they were hooked, too. If your family loves a movie experience that includes paper glasses, this cool 3D shelf from our pals at Jellio would look fantastic on your game room wall or even in a cool kids’ room. It’s made of acrylic and features shelves mimicking the bright red...

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Fireflies: A writer’s notebook so great for kids, you may never see it again.

This review almost didn’t happen, because my daughter “lost” this writer’s notebook; she’d written so many hopes, dreams, and ideas in it that she didn’t want anyone, to see it. Ever. It’s that kind of book. It inspires trust and sparks imagination. And she only let me have it back briefly, if I promised not to read what she’d written. And I’m trying really, really hard not to. It’s called Fireflies: A Writer’s Notebook, and although it’s been written for all ages, it’s especially perfect for my precocious eight-year-old writer. The idea is that ideas are like fireflies, which can spark...

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10 funny mugs to help you celebrate National Coffee Day in style

Every day is National Coffee Day for some of us, which means that every day is also Wow, I Need Something to Put All This Coffee In Day. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite funny coffee mugs that might make you smile when there’s basically no reason to smile. By which we mean, before dawn. When you’re waiting on the school bus. Yawn. Whether you’re a slave to single origins in the Chemex (like me!), you’ve mastered bulletproof buttered coffee, or you’re down with the cold brews, you’re sure to find something here that says what you need to say to...

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Plant Stamps: Seeded stickers that do more than ruin your car windows (says this mom)

Stickers can be the bane of a parent’s existence, especially when they’re plastered to the car windows or gumming up the vacuum cleaner. Ask me how I know. But a mom-and-pop company from Massachusetts caught our attention among the Martha Stewart American Made finalists for turning boring old stickers into a craft project for kids, a nifty wedding gift, a way to make the world a prettier place, and a great business employing people with disabilities. Sweet… basil! Plant Stamps are made in the USA and come in a variety of styles to suit any occasion from a wedding to a baby...

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Zooties are animal baby booties for your wild little cutie-patootie

Zooties animal baby booties are adorable, if you couldn’t tell. Even more adorable? They have a great story that involves providing work, medical assistance, and education to women in Kyrgyzstan, who hand-craft each pair from sheep wool. And we’re not lion! No matter which critter you select for a toe-tally awesome pair of booties, you’ll know that each pair of sweet critter feet is handmade in small batches, with the wool dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by a women-run collective. Zooties fit babies up to one year old and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. That’s a better deal...

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Finally, a thumbprint that you won’t want to wipe away

Thumbprints, fingerprints, paw prints, nose prints, maybe even a butt print–not mine, of course. My curious kids tend to leave their unique mark on every bit of glass they come across, and no amount of Windex in the world can keep up. With these pretty pendants, however, you’ll have one perfect thumbprint that you’ll want to keep with you always, especially since those little thumbs will one day be big thumbs. These elegant thumbprint necklaces are the perfect gift for moms, dads, and grands, no Windex required. Canadian artisans at Jewel.re will send you an impression kit to take a highly detailed...

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Beyonce-approved backpacks that give back: We’re crazy in love.

Listen, we know how tough it can be to find a fierce backpack for older kids that will last, which is why some of our kids still don’t have the perfect one yet. It’s also why we put together an entire Back to School backpack round-up of the darned things. So you can understand our excitement when Queen Bey herself helps to design a high-end bag that looks like Darth Vader and will last almost as long, while giving a backpack to a kid in need. (Which is a very un Vader-like act of benevolence, of course.) This limited edition...

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Orico London Skin Care: Avoid a life of grime in the big city

I’m not saying this new organic Streetwise line from Orico London is the Batman of skin care products; I’m just saying Batman probably uses it to take off his guyliner every night after a hard, pollution- and crime-riddled day in Gotham. And you can, too. I have been seeing great results using Streetwise products, which are designed specifically for harsher urban environments,  but I wanted to give it the ultimate test. So I took it to Dragoncon, a comic con that brings over 60,000 people to four blocks of downtown Atlanta. Each day, I wear a primer, heavy makeup, and setting spray and spend 12 hours...

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I am Groot. Well, these cool, sprouting pencils are.

Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, a sentient tree who can only say three–fine, four–words is this summer’s coolest superhero. And when I think of how cool these plantable, sprouting pencils will look once they bloom in a pot of soil, all I can think about is baby Groot, dancing. Which means your kids can do their homework with Groot. Sprout pencils are made of sustainably-grown cedar with a special, water-activated seed capsule where the eraser should go. Once your pencil is too short to write with, just follow the included directions to plant it. Soon you’ll have a pot...

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Print your own super kawaii toys in ten minutes flat. And we mean flat.

In a world exploding with 3D printers and landfills full of old junk, there’s something refreshing about toys that start out as paper and end up as, well, more paper. In fact, you can print these toys at home, build them yourself, store them in a folder, and recycle them when you’re done. And you don’t have to untie 47 little twisty ties and cut tape out of anybody’s hair. It’s fantastic. Check that–it’s Fantastic Toys, an Etsy shop filled with retro-designy worlds you print and build yourself. From dollhouses complete with furniture and landscaping to Alice in Wonderland playsets to...

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Herschel toddler backpacks: The kinds that won’t break before circle time

We featured Canadian brand Herschel in our 2013 Backpacks for Big Kids Guide because we’re so impressed with their sturdy construction and stylish design. Now we’re digging on the the Hershel toddler backpacks at My Sweet Muffin, which are slightly smaller but just as long-lasting. because as parents know, toddlers sure are rough on their backpacks for people without homework. I even discovered a faulty zipper on my kindergartner’s first bag–right after he tore off the tags on the day before school started. Yay. With gender neutral colors, padded straps, and plenty of reinforcement, we love Herschel Supply’s Plaid Survey Bag, Cobalt Blue Bag,...

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Put your junk in this cute recycled bag. Now it’s not junk!

Whether your kid needs a school supply pouch like no other, or you want to keep your own makeup organized while traveling, check out this Junk Drawer Pouch, a cute recycled storage bag. It harkens back to the days when every kitchen had a junk drawer that, like Mary Poppins’s bag or Doctor Who’s Tardis, was bigger on the inside. Our pals at Perpetual Kid are always serving up fun ways to do normal things (they’re all over our back to school guide, you may have noticed) and I’m sure you can come up with a ton of uses for this pouch...

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Cheery, color coordinated desk accessories in colors to make you happy.

As soon as both of my kids got on the school bus for the first time, I couldn’t wait to get back to work in the delicious silence of an empty house. Reclaiming my home office is my first step in getting back in the zone, which means I have a little shopping to do. Forget gray staplers and black trays; it’s 2014, when Pantone rules and boring drools which is why we’ve loved Poppin since they launched last year. Poppin offers color coordinated office supplies and desk accessories in now 16 (!) vibrant colors from lime (which we love so...

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We’re nuts for Eric Litwin’s Bedtime at the Nut House. (Yeah, we went there.)

I don’t know about you, but the books that get my reluctant reader the most excited are the ones that drive me nuts. You know, the ones that include a catchy little song that he can shout at bedtime, when he’s supposed to be relaxing? His most recent favorite is Bedtime at the Nut House, with just that very sort of catchy chorus. And you might recognize the style considering it was written by Eric Litwin, author of our own bookshelf staple, Pete the Cat.   What happens when Wally and Hazel Nut refuse to go to bed? Let’s just say that...

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Lovely literary pencils for your favorite young writer

Why settle for #2 pencils when these literary pencils are bound to be #1 on any bookish kid’s school supply list? Whether you’ve got a tween into Harry Potter and Ramona Quimby or a teen with a soft spot for Alice or a hankering to be Divergent, those plain yellow wood pencils on the school supply list are  yesterday’s news. Bouncing Ball Creation on Etsy hand-rolls #2 pencils with book pages to create pencils that will please the most persnickety teacher and amuse the writer. Each set includes five standard pencils, pre-sharped and ready for the first day of school,...

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The Creeper ate my homework!

If Minecraft ate a bunch of your kids’ time this summer, this Minecraft Creeper backpack is the perfect way to head back to school, where sadly, Stampy Longnose videos are not part of the daily curriculum. Of course teachers will not accept “The Creeper ate my homework,” as a viable excuse but that shouldn’t stop your young Minecraft fan from begging for a creeper backpack to start the school year. With oodles of compartments, pockets, organizers, and sturdy double zippers, the Minecraft Creeper backpack from our pals at ThinkGeek is an unusually savvy way to merge video games and a workhorse of a...

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A natural wooden dollhouse so adorable, an elephant couldn’t forget it. Especially in this case.

We’ve seen just about everything in the  dollhouse world, but we’ve never seen an elephant you could live in. The natural wooden dollhouse called the Ele Villa (“elephant house”), from natural, sustainable toy company Rock and Pebble definitely brings something new to the world of imaginative play, and I love the underbelly parking as much as I love the well-dressed people who live there. Don’t miss limited time free shipping below! The Ele Villa dollhouse is made of birch and is totally sustainable, natural, and non-toxic. With two floors standing 16″ tall and eight rooms that can be painted or decorated to your heart’s content, it’s as...

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Wear your book on your sleeve with these awesome literary temporary tattoos from Litograph.

“Let life be merry” with gorgeous literary temporary tattoos that let you flaunt your favorite books without needles or accidental misspellings. We’re big fans of Litograph, since we first discovered their awesome literary tees. And now they’ve launched Litograph literary tattoos via a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. There are some great classics on the list, each quote made even more powerful and pretty through hip design and modern typography. Shakespeare, Jack London, Jane Austen, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (for you Sherlock fans) are all represented. The Litograph creators have even perfected their designs and technique by working with a Hollywood FX studio...

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Moody Mamas: Natural skin care for moody skin and picky mamas

Summer is all about hydration. Speaking of which, have you seen our recipes for awesome summer milkshakes? Okay, so maybe that’s more indulgence than natural solution, but we like fixes that work on a lot of levels. Like Moody Sisters Natural Skincare, which is all-natural and made just to help even moms with moody skin feel and look fabulous. Moody Sisters products are handmade by two sisters who struggled to find natural skin care that didn’t trigger their eczema. Whether you need better moisturization for face, lips or body, they have a solution that will make you feel lovely. I tried...

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